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the demonstration. the protesters say the copper mine is damaging the environment. myanmar's decision to use force is likely to cause alarm among western nations who have praised its democratic reforms. and so why did the government pretsz ahead with the crackdown? well, nhk world's jun kobayashi reports from yangon. >> reporter: the crowd included local buddhist monks. the demonstrators demanded a halt to mining operations in central myanmar. local officials say at least 70 people were injured. the protests began in mid-november. local residents say they were forced from their homes. they say the mine is polluting the environment. president thein sein stressed the crackdown. he issued a statement saying the protest were broken up according to the law. the largest opposition leader aung san suu kyi went to the site on thursday night. she called on both sides to seek settlement. >> translator: i want to solve this problem peacefully and in a dignified manner. i want to request that all of you help me on this. >> reporter: the copper mine is being jointly developed by chinese company and the firm li
. officials at the environment ministry hav a asked to have storage sites built on their land. government authorities are concerned about the safety of such facilities. they said the central government must be made aware na accepting the proposal does not mean they will allow the building of these facilities. >> we decided to accept the survey because there are various things that can't be known until it is carried out. >> a resident evacuated from one of the towns expressed her feeling about the surveys being accepted. >> translator: i think we will never be able to go back home in our lifetime. we really have no other choice. nowhere else accepts such a thing. >> japan's ancient capital kyoto draws a constant stream of admirers to its gardens, temples and treasures. the crowds are especially intense at this time when the city's trees explode in fall colors. nhk world's rina nakano has been enjoying the autumn hues at a temple with a twinkle. >> we are mixing it up by bringing an autumn nightscape. today we're at a zen buddhist temple northeast of kyoto station. the biggest attraction is
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